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20150204104923-edwin_vd_heide_fog_sound_environment_ii_in_riga Spotlight on DordtYart, an Arts Organization Where Synergy Is the Gospel   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Zoro Feigl, Stéphane Gauchy, Nico Parlevliet, Karen Sargsyan, Group Show, Edwin van der Heide, Jeanne van der Horst, Peter Vink at Art Rotterdam February 5th - February 8th
Posted 2/4/15

DordtYart is not part of Art Rotterdam’s Intersections program—and with good reason. DordtYart could never be squeezed into the box labeled “artists’ initiative or non-profit space.” The organization from Dordrecht does stage exhibitions, which are often enriched with lectures and guided tours, but it does a lot more: it functions as an artists’ residency, a community workplace, a mirror for local history, an educational center, and a laboratory for crossbreed... [more]

20150129112905-screen_shot_2015-01-29_at_12 Copy ‘n’ Paste Micro-guide: Tweets for ALAC, Paramount Ranch, and the LA Art Book Fair   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 1/29/15

Art loving Angelenos, in advance of the busy weekend ahead of you, ArtSlant L.A. correspondent Chelsea Rector has prepared a tweetable index for your perusal. Consider it a micro-guide to L.A. fairs and art events. Or, better still, for the armchair tweeter, a copy 'n' paste, one-click template for socially mediating your week's art travels. Because wouldn't you rather be buying some art, reading some zines, or partying in the mountains than staring at your cell phone? By way of introduction... [more]

20150119124701-living2 Short Film Program IFFR: An Alternative Stage for Artists   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 1/19/15

Last year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, a Tiger Award for Short Films was won by Sebastian Buerkner, alumnus of the Chelsea College of Art and Design. In 2013, all three Tiger Awards in this category went to artists: Beatrice Gibson, Erik van Lieshout and Zachary Formwalt. And it could happen again this year. Twelve out of the sixteen eligible films carry the “art” label. When the IFFR shorts program started some ten years ago, the organization deliberately choose to foc... [more]

20150116110930-_mg_5341 Needle in Haystack Found: The Story of an Artwork Lost at Sea   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 1/16/15

When Lotte Geeven released two floating robots into opposite sides of the Atlantic last fall, she questioned the probability of them meeting within such a tremendous space and hoped to learn about the ocean by following their paths. “The moment the two robots touch the water,” she wrote, “the project's outcome is entirely ruled by the forces of nature.” Four months into the project, what she’s learned instead, and perhaps knew all along, is that oceans will do what they want... [more]

20141222172535-alluring_hell_2008_c_nobuyoshi_araki_in_collaboration_with_galerie_alex_dani_ls__reflex_amsterdam_02 Araki: An Exhibitionist Looking Death in the Eye   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Nobuyoshi Araki at Foam - Fotografie Museum December 19th, 2014 - March 11th
Posted 12/22/14

In the film After Life (1998) by Kore-eda Hirokazu the recently deceased end up on a minimalist film set. In this purgatory they discuss and improvise with their fellow travelers until they have decided on the ultimately defining moment of their lives. They re-enact it and then pass over to whatever paradise or nothingness may be waiting for them. One by one the dead come to terms with what they’ve left behind. Except for one, who can’t decide. That guy could have been Nobuyoshi Ar... [more]

20141211203307-interior_stichting_onterfd_goed_-_bart_invites__amsterdam_2 "Adoption Agency" for Art Might Herald New Dynamic in Market   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
at Galerie Bart Amsterdam: Bart Invites December 3rd, 2014 - January 3rd
Posted 12/11/14

An empty wall to fill but on a tight budget? Looking for an original Christmas gift? Or are you just an avid bargain hunter? A semi-abstract print by Jaap Hillenius could be just the ticket for you. Price: somewhere between 175 and 250 euro—and that’s including the frame. If you like large formats, the reclining nude by Hans van der Ham costing 450 euro is an option. And at 175 euro a diptych by Bert Loerakker is a good deal—especially if you take into account the original price... [more]

20141130023316-__tony_oursler_in_the_oude_kerk_2014 Tony Oursler Hacks a Church with Reverse Iconoclasm   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Tony Oursler at De Oude Kerk November 27th, 2014 - March 29th
Posted 11/30/14

True to their sometimes petty nature and deep-seated adversity to change the town folk of Amsterdam were up in arms last year when Jacqueline Grandjean made public her plans for the Oude Kerk (Old Church). The new director wanted the venue to become more than a glorified exhibition space filled with penurious looking temporary bulkheads. She envisioned large-scale installations by artists of international repute, in interviews casually mentioning the Unilever Series in Tate Modern’s Turbi... [more]

20141124160650-gillian_wearing_-_6 Why Gillian Wearing Should Have Won the Vincent Award   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Willem de Rooij, Pierre Huyghe, Manfred Pernice, Anri Sala, Gillian Wearing at GEM, The Hague September 6th, 2014 - February 1st
Posted 11/24/14

To be talked about—positively or negatively, it hardly matters—is the principle aim of every art prize with an exhibition attached to it. Of course, reward or encouragement are the motivational labels attached to them but PR is the true driving force. For a good many years the Turner Prize was the prime example of a "successful" art prize exhibition. All of Britain would be talking about the nominees and the winners, down to the proverbial cab driver, who wouldn’t need a lot of... [more]

20141125181145-screen_shot_2014-11-25_at_11 A FB Chat with the Creator of SAIC Secret Admirers   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 11/21/14

SAIC Secret Admirers was started in March of 2013. The Facebook page for anonymously posting amorous yearnings quickly took off, garnering likes from over 50% of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago student body. While speculation swirled as to who was behind the page, the secret was kept until just recently when artist Anna Russett came forward as the administrator behind the page. We sat down over Facebook to chat about Secret Admirers, butt stuff, and social media as a platform for conte... [more]

20141104175716-rp-f-2012-41 How Many Photography Museums Can a Country Have?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Brassaï, John Gutmann, Lewis Hine, William Klein, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Joel Meyerowitz, László Moholy-Nagy, Eadweard Muybridge, Man Ray, W. Eugene Smith, Ed van der Elsken at Rijksmuseum Amsterdam November 1st, 2014 - January 11th
Posted 11/4/14

Suppose you’re a collector of Dutch photography, you have no kids (or they are uninterested barbarians), and you’re reaching that age when you start thinking about your legacy. Which institute would be most suitable for a donation? Which museum would be the best new home for your collection? The Netherlands has the luxury of having not one, not two, but no fewer than four museums dedicated solely to photography. That’s an unusually large number for such a small country. A Swiss collect... [more]

20141029153609-screen_shot_2014-10-29_at_11 Jeder ist ein Curator: How Crowdsourced Curation Can Make Museums Truly Public   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 10/29/14

I think I might have curated my lunch today. I chose a specific sandwich from the collection on offer at the shop and to accompany it I chose a drink that I thought would go well with my sandwich. To balance the selection, I included a banana. The result might have been a “well-curated” lunch, but I’m not sure. It depends on who’s defining of the term. In recent years the word “curating” escaped the confines of museums to be picked up by the mainstream, while the acti... [more]

20141024112240-dandelion_lamp Photo Report: Inside Dutch Design Week   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 10/23/14

Recently, a “Stereotypes of the Netherlands” map made its rounds on the Internet, describing how the Dutch conceptualize their small country’s terrain. Down south, in the middle of Brabant’s “Catholic Carnival Country,” a short distance from “Dumb People, Great Beer” (apologies, Belgium), is the technological oasis of “Philipstown,” so named for the diversified technology mega-corporation. If the city is known for innovation in technology... [more]

20141010103219-destroy How to get an honest opinion about your artwork   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Jonas Lund at Boetzelaer|Nispen September 6th, 2014 - October 11th, 2014
Posted 10/9/14

"Empty, alienating, soul-less, superficial, formulaic, repetitive, awkward, thick, one-dimensional… Imitation of bad work does not flatter." "Yet another denim jeans riff on Yves Klein." "DESTROY." These are the types of criticisms Jonas Lund’s paintings have been receiving lately, but the Amsterdam-based Swedish artist is likely unconcerned. The offending artworks were not yet his—and it appears they never will be. While the works were made at his behest following guidelines from a 30... [more]

20141005172344-unseen_talent_billboards A Different Kind of Fair Vibe: Specialization Rules at Unseen, Unfair, and Amsterdam Drawing   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 10/5/14

As the fall art fair season in Europe gets properly underway with Frieze next week followed by FIAC and Artissima (not to mention that other fair across the pond come December) it's easy to get overwhelmed by overload: the glitz, cash, hype, ADD, FOMO, last big thing, current big thing, next big thing, and all the other BIG THINGS that are par for the course market-side of the art world. But it doesn't have to be that way. Amsterdam kicked things off last month with a trio of specialized mid-September ar... [more]

20140910145108-installation_view_007 For Marlene Dumas politics are always personal   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Marlene Dumas at Stedelijk Museum September 6th, 2014 - January 4th
Posted 9/10/14

Since its long anticipated reopening in September 2012 the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam has served up some fine shows: The Mike Kelley retrospective was, if somewhat airtight, quite comprehensive, and Jeff Wall’s Tableaux Pictures Photographs 1996-2013 could easily compete with the grand overview nine years ago at Tate Modern. But with Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden the museum has hit a new high point. The retrospective of the nation’s best-known painter is by far the best exhibition th... [more]

20140904164646-still_life_with_fish_and_forsythia-1 Art critic pattern blindness: On ignoring trends in Amsterdam this September   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 9/4/14

One of my colleagues crafted his city’s fall preview around the challenge of choosing exhibitions to visit when there’s so much to see. It’s a difficult task we all face, and quite frankly, I might have taken this approach myself. Instead, when charged with writing about September offerings I ended up looking for patterns; like a gallery staging a summer group show, I wondered what ad hoc themes I might attach to Amsterdam art this month. Of course, it’s a task more hopeless t... [more]

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